HENTAI FOR KIDS AWARD
Winner: Heroes For Hire #13
Award: HENTAI FOR KIDS- kudos to Marvel for slapping together a totally sexy cover. What more could your red-blooded 12-tear old comic reader want more than a comic about three large-breasted women bound and molested by a tentacle monster?
"I don’t know what went into that cover. I know the editor is Mark Paniccia, the father of a one year old daughter that he loves more than anything. I know Mark well enough to hazard the guess that he wasn’t trying to “oppress” women, “oppress” Misty Knight, or follow a secret agenda. He was probably just trying to sell more books. I imagine Sana Takeda wanted to sell more books. The really really sad thing is that inside the Biosphere, up on the mountain, probably nobody gave this a second thought. Nobody thought that “Misty Knight and the Black Cat and Colleen Wing shouldn’t be shown this way because it demeans them as characters.”
And you know what’s even sadder? That no one at Marvel or DC will ever say a word about any of this. The Mary Jane statue controversy had been going on for well over a week, and been on TV shows, with nary a peep out of an official spokesman at either company. Will anyone ask Joe Quesada or Paul Levitz about any of this? Will anyone remember?
And that, ladies and germs, is why we can’t shut up."
'MANSTREAM' is a term coined by Lea Hernandez (</a></b></a> divalea) .
Inspired by divalea and the blog When Fangirls Attack , every week the Society seeks to recognize (and make fun of) images published under the Marvel or DC comics banner which appeal to the 'manstream'- that is, the reptillian part of the fanboy psyche which responds to images of excessive female flesh, ginormous breasts, females in bondage, vapid cheesecake, poor female characterization, etc. In other words, pictures that would probably get you slapped by your girlfriend if you were stupid enough to show them to her.